Crooked Kingdom Book

So let me tell you the story of how I came into possession of the Crooked Kingdom book by Leigh Bardugo. Sit down, dear children, and listen to my tale.

Prologue: The Bookstagram Feed

It’s not as if I haven’t heard of the Crooked Kingdom book before. I even blogged about it in my most anticipated September 2016 YA book releases. But what really pushed me to go out and get it were the millions of bookstagram posts featuring this book. Crooked Kingdom plus flowers. Crooked Kingdom plus bookmarks. Crooked Kingdom plus cats. You name it, bookstagram had it.

Crooked Kingdom book - Leigh Bardugo

I thought, “Wow, this book sure is a really huge deal. I wonder why…”

Curious, I went out a day before payday to search the bookshelves of Kinokuniya, intending only to browse the YA section…

Act 1: The Crooked Kingdom book

And then I saw Crooked Kingdom on the featured shelves, and I picked it up. I gasped. The simplicity of the dark yellow background with pitch black illustrations enamored me. The beautiful photos in my bookstagram feed flashed before my eyes.

I read the summary. Crooked Kingdom is the second book in the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo, and promises me tales of what happens after Kaz’s heist in Six of Crows. They’ve been double-crossed, it says, and they’re back to fighting for their lives. Powerful forces are closing down on Ketterdam because of the drug, jurda parem, and new enemies will emerge to test Kaz and his team. Meanwhile, a war is brewing…

I’ll stop there, the book says. But if you take me home, I will tell you everything.

Before I knew it, I had taken the beautiful book into my loving arms. And I told myself, “It’s not as if you didn’t plan on buying it anyway.”

Crooked Kingdom book - I regret nothing

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Act 2: Wait. There’s a prequel to this, right…?

I realized then that I haven’t read Six of Crows yet, so it would be, you know, weird to read Crooked Kingdom before that. And what do you know? Six of Crows was just right beside the Crooked Kingdom book, enticing me witih its black, red, and grey cover. My color combo weakness. I was hooked; I wanted to know more.

Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows is set in Ketterdam, a fictional world that’s part of the Grisha series, also by Leigh Bardugo. Except that instead of being set in a fictional Russia, it takes place in a fictional Netherlands, a unique setting for a YA book. It also promises me a tale of criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker and his gang trying to pull off the biggest and most deadly heist of their lives. The beginning of it all.

A fantasy heist story with an intriguing cast of characters? “Sign me up!” I screamed as I yanked it off the shelves, salivating.

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Act 3: The final battle, the final choice

I had a dillemma then. Should I just leave with two books, or was there room for a third?

“No!” my wallet protested. “Goddammit, Chiqui. Don’t do it!”

“Okay, calm down oh my god,” I told my wallet, as passersby threw me some shade and hurried their steps. “I’m just going to go browse…”

My wallet’s screams and warnings fell on deaf ears, because wallets can’t talk, much less shout or scream, obviously. I looked through the books and came across Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

Nevernight - Jay Kristoff

Being a sucker for the white, black, and red color combo, I picked it up and skimmed the first page…

“Be advised now that the pages in your hands speak of a girl who was to murder as maestros are to music. Who did to happy ever afters what a sawblade does to skin.”

Before I knew it, I was walking towards the cashier with all three books in hand, a pleased grin on my face. Nothing else mattered now, nothing except me and my books and my plans for a bookstagram photoshoot the next day. The wallet had been defeated.

The books had won.

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Epilogue: My wallet is in tears but hey I have new shinies

As I tucked my credit card back in my wallet, I felt a sense of elation. Contrary to what Mr. Wallet had made me believe, there was none of the guilt and remorse that accompanied a splurge. Perhaps it was because I was relatively restrained and promptly ignored the urge to toss in the four The Raven Boys books into my haul. Perhaps it was because I still hadn’t gone over my book and entertainment budget. (That wallet, what a liar!)

Or perhaps it was the anticipation of a book photoshoot so that I can finally return to Instagram and show the bookstagram world that, “Hey, look at me, posting a photo of the Crooked Kingdom book on my feed. I am no longer an outcast. I am one of you now.”

Galadriel - All shall love me and despair
“Now all shall love me and despair!”

If you got this far, LOL thanks so much for reading and putting up with my insanity! I’ll be reviewing these books as I finish them so please subscribe to my mailing list if you want updates–the form is on the top bar! Or send me an email if you’re having problems and I’ll add you in myself. Thanks!

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Have you read these books? If so, what do you think about them? If not, which book appeals to you most? Let me know in the comments!

6 Comments on The Crooked Kingdom Book and the Sinister Tale of the Mini-Haul

  1. jschicanha
    October 11, 2016 at 2:06 pm (3 years ago)

    reading novels have been my dreams but was worried to what types of book am i suppose to read until now that i found this valuable information you have just wrote about the book and willingly to read it more and familiarize myself with more books
    thanks for sharing vital information and really appreciated your contribution on this and willingly to see more updates



    • Chiqui
      October 11, 2016 at 3:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks I’m glad you found my posts helpful! Feel free to drop by again

  2. Randy
    October 11, 2016 at 2:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Chiqui – got a kick out of reading this page. These look like great books and I’m sure your wallet will recover! These seem like they would appeal to kids that like HP books. I’m thinking about Christmas and wondering about age-appropriateness, would you recommend most of these for a 13-year old girl? Any you would not?

    • Chiqui
      October 11, 2016 at 3:17 pm (3 years ago)

      LOL thanks Randy, glad you liked it! Unfortunately I don’t think they’re appropriate for 13-yr olds, I’d say Six of crows and Crooked Kingdom could be for 15 and above, and NeverNight for 18 or older. Give or take of course! If you’d like a book for younger kids, I’d recommend the PJO Series by Rick Riordan or A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Hope that helps!

  3. Dawn
    October 14, 2016 at 4:59 pm (3 years ago)

    These ALL sound appealing to me! For…well…ALL of the reasons: beautiful cover art, intriguing story, fictional universe—FANTASY! I’m such a sucker for books and feel just as out of tune with the latest and greatest as I do with most video games anymore. That being said, I will definitely keep these reads on my radar. I’ll have to work towards those, after getting through my current October read: Carmilla (^///^)

    P.S. Your posts are so much fun to read btw! My nerdy bookworm feels are just RIGHT THERE with you.

    • Chiqui
      October 14, 2016 at 9:33 pm (3 years ago)

      I’m currently reading Six of Crows right now and it is amazing!! I definitely recommend you try that out first out of the reads I’ve featured here. 🙂 Carmilla sounds great, I haven’t read it yet unfortunately but I also do love classics, I might pick it up soon!

      And aah thank you so much! ALL THE BOOKWORM FEELS I can talk about books all day tbh!!


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